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Become an MFP Fellow


Learn how to become a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) fellow and access information about the eight grantee organizations that administer the program.

MFP Major Disciplines

The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) helps foster specialized training of behavioral health professionals in the following disciplines:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Nursing
  • Professional counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Addictions treatment

How it works

Each year some 400 fellows (master's-level or postgraduate students) are accepted into the program.

The program is administered by eight MFP grantee organizations. Each MFP grantee individually manages the application approval process and program activities for their given disciplines. Approved applicants are offered scholarships, tuition assistance, professional development training, and other resources as benefits of program enrollment.


Training might include professional development seminars or webinars on cutting-edge behavioral health practices and sponsored attendance at professional conferences and meetings. It might also include practicum placements, externships, and internships that provide unique mentoring, supervision, and clinical interactions with racial and ethnic minority populations.


MFP fellows often go on to serve in key leadership positions in behavioral health treatment services, policy and program development, services supervision, services research, training, and administration. Alumni applaud the program for helping them to network and share ideas with others dedicated to minority health issues. Some report having presented or published for the first time as an MFP fellow.

Personal stories of program participants are featured in fellow of the month profiles, and Minority Fellowship eNews, SAMHSA’s quarterly newsletter for MFP fellows and alumni. Access the latest issue of Minority Fellowship eNews, as well as webinars and other resources.

Apply Through MFP Grantee Organizations

Eight grantee organizations currently administer the program through individualized curricula. Visit individual MFP grantees’ websites for information on program eligibility and application procedures:

  1. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  2. American Nurses Association
  3. American Psychiatric Association
  4. American Psychological Association
  5. Council on Social Work Education
  6. National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
  7. NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals
  8. American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
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Last Updated: 05/15/2023
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